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Cold Plague (Dr. Noah Haldane #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  597 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews

Pristine water possessing natural healing powers is found miles under Antarctic ice by a group of scientists who stand to make billions from its sale. While people around the world line up to buy the therapeutic water, new cases of mad cow disease explode in rural France. Dr. Noah Haldane and his World Health Organization team are urgently summoned.

Noah recognizes the de

Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Tor Books (first published April 15th 2008)
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Mar 15, 2009 Jodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little difficult to follow with so many characters and places. I even had to go back a few times to figure out who someone was and why they might be important. I am glad I stuck with it and finished reading it - but I was tempted to give up at times. Having lived in England shortly before Mad Cow disease was discovered there it has always been a threat. Not any less scary now after reading this book.
An amazing novel, similar to a Crichton novel! Constant plot and character twists, kept me capitivated to the very end! A must read if you enjoy medical and mystery novels!
Sep 19, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars "The purest water on earth" is deadly...

The two doctors with the World Health Organization who appeared in the novel, Pandemic, Dr. Noah Haldane and Dr. Duncan McLeod, join forces with the European Union's department of agriculture representative Elise Renard to analyze several recent cases of what appears to be a variant of Creutzfelt-Jakob Disease. When the team arrives in Limoges, France, to begin their investigation into seven mad cows, they quickly discover that this rapi
Sep 18, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I've read other books of Kalla's, but this one sat on my shelf for a while, probably because it didn't sound as medically oriented as the others, but in advance of the biggest snowfall ever to hit our area, it seemed like the right time to read 'Cold Plague'. The book opens with a European team of scientists and businessmen successfully drilling through the Antarctic ice to reach a lake previously untouched by man, with the former individuals interested in what might be in the water, and the lat ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Samantha rated it it was ok
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Toni Osborne
Feb 20, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Daniel Kalla at his best. I am a big fan of thrillers and of this author; none of his books have disappointed me. Cold Blood is fast paced, smartly written to capture ones interest and is extremely suspenseful, a real page turner.

The story starts when a group of scientists discovers a way to tap the water from pristine Lake Vostok located beneath the ice of Antarctica. We follow their research and exploit at the South Pole. Clever marketing has people worldwide lining up for a taste of t
Mike Thomas
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Oct 03, 2008 Sfdreams rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
NOTE: I was unable to read this book!! It looks like a great plot, however, I was unable to read beyond 2 1/2 pages, plus the acknowledgements and author's note (science behind the book.) I had the book for 9 weeks from the library, and I have reached the end of my renewals, so I will finally give up.

I don't know why I was unable to read this...Daniel Kalla's writing style seems close to Robin Cook and Michael Connolly, both of whom I enjoy. I guess it could be just a case of too much other book
Sep 30, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character is a famous doctor who just came off saving the world from a deadly disease, and is once again called into action for a 'mad cow' case. Him and his colleagues investigate as normal but as they learn more and more they discover that this is more than a simple outbreak and their very lives may be at risk.

This was a really enjoyable, spy, medical thriller. It is very deep, features many characters and a twist and turn at every chapter end. I would recommend keeping a pen and pape
Feb 10, 2015 Mina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. The main characters were likeable and all the conspiracies actually made sense, unlike a lot of big corporation cover-ups I read about. A few times I felt like we were given unnecessary information, such as being dropped into South Korea for one chapter. I get that Kalla wanted to give the feeling that this prion could be a worldwide issue, but we didn't need a random character to show that, especially when the whole novel was already sa ...more
Aug 10, 2009 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book much better than I did. I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton's scientific thrillers, and this one promised to be in a similar vein. Starting out with drilling into an Antarctic lake for what would theoretically be the most pure water in the world (and thus setting up an opportunity to look at the bottled water industry) and ranging through cases of bovine spongiform encephalitis ("mad cow disease") and its human equivalent (Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease, or "kuru"), the scient ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This started out really catching my attention but seem to bog down and drag to the end. Starting out with scientist finding a lake of pristine water, hidden for millions of years, untouched by pollution, and possessing natural healing powers, under miles of ice in the Antarctic. Suddenly cases of "mad cow" disease like never seen before are popping up in there a connection? Add in kidnapping, women suddenly disappearing and GREED! from the possible billions of dollars that the so-cal ...more
Nathan Little
I usually am not the biggest fan of the medical thriller. However, Cold Plague got me addicted to the idea of the prion, and it's potential danger. It spawned one of the first short stories that I wrote.

Daniel Kalla's writing feels very similar to Michael Crichton. Both authors have medical backgrounds and it shows in the writing.

This story is well paced and haunting. Overall, I enjoyed the book but am fully aware that it is not for everyone.

You will fully cook your meals after reading this book
Nov 26, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and interesting read! Interesting, because the setting toggles between Antarctica and France, with a plot involving digging deep into an ancient Antarctic lake for the purest water on the planet, and fun because of the really nice, surprising twists and turns throughout the book.

Fun also, because the author brought back Duncan, that wise-cracking Scotsman, who, in my mind, steals the show.

Suspense; greed; epidemic plague; it's all good.
Jun 04, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this title because it deals with Mad-Cow disease, like I need to feel more paranoid whenever I eat a juicy steak! I don't read adult fiction much and find it a bit boring at times. I'm a third of the way through the book and so far not much has been solved. I have not been able to tell the good guys from the bad guys for the most part. I'm hoping it won't make me want to give up beef again! I'll update this when I am finished with the book.
Amy Rogers
3 star science/medical thriller (top 50% of the genre). Set largely in France with a 5-star "minor" character, an Afro-French female detective. Mad cow disease and a possible prion epidemic in humans. A For my full review, see
May 03, 2011 kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grownup, mystery
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Blaire Benson
Dec 15, 2014 Blaire Benson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! Sciency, crimey, thrillerish! Like Michael Crichton only less preachy and detail-oriented. Great if you hate getting bogged down I'm details but like a science theme. All the Kalla books that I have read are like this.
Lisa Eirene
The book was convoluted and there were too many characters to keep straight...but I'm glad I hung in there and finished reading it. The ending paid off. Interesting topic, science stuff like this is cool, but at times the writing felt very juvenile.
Aug 11, 2011 Ricardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have to say this is one of Kalla's best, probably because it was suspenseful without bordering on the totally incredible (like in previous books, where one scientist saves the world, over, and over, and over again)
Nov 16, 2008 Danna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Snack time! A good book for a lazy Sunday. Fans of the modern science thriller and armchair science nerds like me will find this story to be very predictable and not one of the finest examples of the genre, but it certainly isn't the worst.
Mar 19, 2009 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. I love a story that goes in many directions and involves many people. That was this book. It was a quick read I do recommend it. It showed that money becomes an idol and people will go as far as they can to worship it!
Sandy Neal
Interesting and educational story about prions and infection set in Antarctica. Based on possibilities similar to the way Robin Cook takes something medical and possible and creates a tale of what could happen if we are not diligent.
Jul 28, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was ok...the story line was really interesting, but it was too easy to predict what was going to happen by reading the back cover...and i was disappointed in the ending...but, i really liked the connections hat were made and the stuff talking about BSE
Carol Hubbard
If you enjoy medical mysteries like The Hot Zone you would probably enjoy this novel.

I say a clip on the news this morning about ancient water that I thought readers of this book would enjoy
Jun 26, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot, lots of twists and changes. Unfortunately, I got lost in the number of characters, thus the four stars.
Michael Kerwin
Nice - if you like Robin Cook you will like this author - however he does a better job of character development than RC which makes the storyline more interesting
The concept is good - a bit scarey...It jumps around a bat, which can be wraps up a bit too neatly.
Melanie Cattanach
Sep 17, 2009 Melanie Cattanach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very frightening look at what can go wrong when people believe implicitly in the merits of "natural" remedies and the corruption of the people behind them.
Oct 22, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written and fun to read. It's a neat take on the mystery genre--we have most of the story, we just don't know the specifics, which makes it fun to discover.
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Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital.

The idea for his first medical thriller, PANDEMIC, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addi
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